A Quick Demo of the new W8.1/WP8 Update 3 Internet Sharing feature

One of the features that Microsoft announced for Windows Phone 8 Update 3 was Improved Internet Sharing.

Microsoft described the feature as below:

Many of you are familiar with the Internet Sharing feature, which turns Windows Phone 8 into a mobile hotspot by sharing your cellular data connection over Wi-Fi.

In Update 3, we’ve made it easier to use your phone as a data-savvy hotspot for Windows 8.1 devices. Just pair your phone and Windows 8.1 PC or tablet over Bluetooth, tap your network name, and you’ll be connected and ready to go. No need to enter a password or dig out your phone and turn on Internet Sharing—it’s done for you.

At the time how the feature worked was not completely clear, but as can be seen above, in actual use the feature is seamless and pretty great, making using a WIFI-only Windows 8.1 tablet with a Windows Phone with an internet sharing plan a very feasible idea.

The only issue really is that disconnecting from the Windows Phone does not immediately shut down Internet Sharing on the phone, giving the potential for wasted battery life, but this will eventually happen some minutes later.

Do our readers agree that this feature works pretty well? Let us know below.

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